Introducing The Cover Stars of ELLE UK's November Issue, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o and Letitia Wright
Although the trio share similarities in their confidence and poise, the differences in their personalities are clear. Gurira is meticulous and methodical; Nyong’o frank and thoughtful; Wright understated and warm. And all are completely in awe of one another, even after so many years of working together.
"You hope that Black Panther has opened folks’ eyes to the understanding that the world can receive African characters. It’s not a shocking thing, and they can be very resonant with people"
"Different seasons require different types of friends, and this season we didn’t need colleagues: we needed friends. We needed comfort and a great support system."
"We get to see them be fully human. That’s something that, as Black women, we are often not afforded on-screen. And there are so many female characters. All too often in these movies, there’s a token one or two. Here, you’re seeing a community."
Writer: Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff
Award-winning journalist, book editor, columnist, host, and creative with focuses on features, profiles, and investigations on identity, culture, lifestyle, travel, media, and social politics. Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff is a former Senior Staff Editor at the New York Times and the former Editor-in-Chief at gal-dem magazine. She have written and edited for a variety of publications, including the Guardian and Observer, Dazed, Easyjet Magazine and the Financial Times.
Photographer: Shaniqwa Jarvis
Shaniqwa Jarvis is an artist known for combining a modern fashion aesthetic with sensitive and emotional portraiture. She captures vivid reality across a wide variety of subjects that always appear to be an extension of herself in images that speak to raw, disparate feelings imbued with a deep sparkling optimism. Jarvis has executed large scale portrait projects and exhibits in London, Tokyo, Los Angeles and New York.
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